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Asked by Tanya on July 8, 2016

What should I not include on my resume?

Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, on July 8, 2016

The points below is really about keeping your resume professional and for the hiring team knows the facts about your skills sets and experience to make a decision.

  • Definitely nothing overly personal or sensitive like your age/date of birth, religious beliefs, how long you are married, how many children you have and what they do, your social security number and so on. Don’t include a headshot either for a corporate position. This is an unnecessary distraction and irrelevant for us to know.
  • Do not write anything negative like feelings or views of your current/last job/person. Hiring managers would wonder what you say or behave if you were to work in their team.
  • Do not provide an inappropriate email address. I have seen email addresses where the person took out the vowels to be clever about being inappropriate which will never impress a potential employer.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on July 15, 2016

Great question! Your resume is a chance to highlight your background and experience it's important to keep it professional and to the point. So including unnecessary information such as short-term jobs may be a red flag to some employers that it was only for a few months and typically will not be useful. I would also not include a photo I believe that it has nothing to do with your ability to do a job.  I would not recommend any fancy fonts or colors you want to keep it clean and professional. Make sure to highlight  your skills and accomplishments that would be relevant to the position you are applying for. Good Luck! 

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on July 15, 2016

This is a very interesting question and one that is probably not asked often enough.  First, it depends on the culture you live in.  Some things that are not acceptable in the US, are acceptable in other parts of the world.  I cannot speak to all cultures, so I will focus on what not to do in the United States. 
First, avoid providing any kind of personal information, such as marital status, number of children, religion, etc.  While you may not put these types of things on the resume directly, there are other ways in which the reader can ascertain this information.  For example, you could list one of you hobbies as spending time with children.  This will make the reader jump to the conclusion that you are married and have kids. Avoid listing this type of information also. 
Also avoid pictures on a resume, of yourself or anything else.  Lastly, when providing details about your experience, education, etc., avoid listing long winded explanations.  This should be listed in bullet point format, which short and to the point statements.
Lastly, do not get caught up in the length of your resume.  Some will tell you that a resume must be no longer than one page.  This is simply no longer the case.  While it shouldn't be extremely long, a resume that is two and even three pages long is perfectly acceptable.  Remember, the purpose of a resume is to pique the interest of the reader to the point where they want to find out more about you.

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Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on September 30, 2016

This is a great question! Avoid providing personal information such as your marital status, date of birth, social security number, etc.
Also, keep in mind that a resume is a professional document therefore you should update your email address if it comes across unprofessional (ex. prettygirl2001@email.com).

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on June 6, 2017

The time you put into your resume will always be well worth it, but you need to be strategic with what information you share, where it is found and how it is phrased. The main point of a resume is to communicate your professional and relevant experience in the most effective way possible. If you have less than 3 relevant positions to include, your resume should be 1 page in length. If you have more than 3 to include, top your resume off at 2 pages. Your intent and professional journey need to be clear from the start; if it isn't clear, provide a short paragraph at the top of your resume outlining the reason behind your current and future accomplishments. Remember to keep your phrasing concise and easy to navigate for your reader. You should do this through bullet point statements that use key words as well as perfect grammar, spelling and punctuation.

In conclusion, your resume should not have any of the following:
- Long, drawn out sentences
- Grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistakes
- Any unnecessary information (ie: photos, exact address, references, etc)

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